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From the Archive

Colonel Davis Richmond Park, 1953

Colonel Davis with his carp

If you have any information about him or can shed light on where the carp is now then please contact us on the following link.

World War I project

The Guild is proud to present our publication 'The Royal Parks in the Great War' online. Researched, compiled and edited by David and Claire Ivison it gives an insight into the role the Royal Parks played during the conflict and the stories of the 24 men of the Royal Parks who died.

To view the publication click HERE .

Our thanks go to BlueBird Boats Limited of Hyde Park for sponsoring its publication.

First World War park employees

The Guild are carrying out wide ranging research into those Royal parks employees who served or died during the First World War.

The names of the 24 Royal Park employees who gave their lives during the war are commemorated on His Majesty's Office of Works Memorial that is in the Treasury Building adjacent to St James's Park. On the memorial is carved We Band of Brothers.

As part of our research Guild members have revealed the details of 345 people who worked for The Royal Parks in 1911. To see the names, their place of work and family details click or tap here.

If you you had a family member or know of someone who worked in the parks prior or during the First World War please contact us by clicking here. We would be very interested in hearing from you.

World War One Centennial Commemorations

The Royal Parks Guild are working on two major projects to commemorate The Royal Parks in World War 1, and gardeners in general who gave their lives during the conflict. These projects are backed by major organisations who have agreed to help in the various events we have planned.

The Royal Parks in WW1 history project

The Royal Parks Guild is working in partnership with The Royal Parks in producing 10 Heritage Lottery Funded events between spring 2017 and summer 2019 to commemorate the centenary of World War One. Organisations working with us to produce these events include the 10th Essex Living History Group, the London Parks and Gardens Trust, The Postal Museum, The Holly Lodge Centre, Field Studies Council and Westminster Archives.

These events range from WW1 experiences, open days, schools and local community groups visits, interpretation and remembrance.

Battlefields to Butterflies

This is a major Guild project independent of, but with the full knowledge of, The Royal Parks. It is from an idea by Mike Fitt, Chairman of the Guild, to commemorate those gardeners and groundsmen who died during WW1. It is a horticultural tribute with various implementations and installations with a physical memorial placed at Brompton cemetery for those men and women of the parks, gardens and grounds who lost their lives in WW1.

Our thanks go to the many organisations helping with the Battlefields to Butterflies project including J & L Gibbons Landscape Architects, Historic Royal Palaces, Historic England, Scotscape, Royal Hospital Chelsea, The Royal Parks, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Tomato Applied Art and Design.

Link into The Royal Parks World War 1 website

The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild have joined forces, with the help of the National Lottery, to set up a website to record all of our events and results of our extensive research.

The site will be expanded as event information and topic research is finalised. Click here to go to the site.

Conserving Our Parks' Heritage

One important object of the guild is to research, record and conserve all aspects of The Royal Parks' heritage.

This can be reminiscences from past employees, photographic records, day-to-day artefacts, historical events in the parks, people from the parks and so on.

In collaboration with The Royal Parks we aim to build on this information. We already have a number of prints, photographs and artefacts, but we would always look to increase the size of the collection.

If you have memories of The Royal Parks you would like to share or item of interest relating to the parks you would like to donate to the Guild's archive collection then please contact us through the following link.

The Hearsum Collection based at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park has a diverse range of Royal parks heritage material covering the last four centuries. In the near future it is hoped that a museum can be built in the grounds of Pembroke Lodge to enable the collection to be displayed to the public. To learn more about this click here to follow a link to the Hearsum Collection website.

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The Secretary
The Royal Parks Guild
14 Nelson Place
Isle of Wight
PO33 2ET

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